Federal 100 winner: David Hollis

David Hollis
Director of cyberspace programs
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information and Identity Assurance

Hollis oversaw a pioneering acquisition process that made encryption tools for mobile devices available easily, quickly and at volume discounts for federal, state and local agencies. As the program manager of the Data at Rest Tiger Team (DARTT), Hollis led an effort that awarded 12 blanket purchase agreements to 10 data-at-rest encryption vendors in six months, said Robert Lentz, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for information and identity assurance.

Hollis “consistently stretched the art of the possible by going beyond just [the Defense and Homeland Security departments] and teaming with the states and local governments,” Lentz said. “DARTT is an example of what we need to do for all future cybersecurity acquisitions, especially with shrinking budgets.”

To date, federal, state and local agencies have bought 1.4 million licenses to encrypt mobile devices, Lentz said. No other government technology initiative has such a broad customer base, and it was the first federal technology initiative that was open to state and local agencies.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.